It’s October, which means it’s time to prepare your house for the harsh winter elements. Here is my recommended checklist to help you protect your valuable real estate.
Early frosts are common in Connecticut. Now is a great time to have a licensed arborist do a thorough check of all your trees. Frozen limbs, especially if they have leaves still on them, become extraordinarily heavy and cause damage and power outages.
Decorate for the fall season. This can be done both indoors and out. The best part is that fall decorating is simple and easy as decorative kale, squash, gourds and pumpkins are readily available at your local supermarket.
If you plan to make an indoor fire this season, have your fireplaces checked by a licensed company to make sure they are both clean and safe. Call me for a recommendation if you need one.
Prepare your foliage for the winter. Azaleas, Rhododendrons and other delicate plants and bushes need fertilization and their roots protected. Decorative grasses and Hydrangeas can be cut back or left as-is. Check with your landscaper for his recommendations.
Winter-proof your exterior faucets. A plumber can blow out the exterior water pipes so that the pipes don’t freeze and burst during the winter months.
Remove screens and replace with storm windows if this applies to you. Store screens in a dry place in the upright position.
Check your exterior trim for rot and repair and paint if needed. Do this on a dry and warmer day, if possible.
Clean your gutters and downspouts regularly. Most Connecticut homes require 4-6 cleanings a season, depending on how close your trees are to your house. Loose leaves and filled gutters are the number one cause of ice dams, so be prepared!
If you haven’t already, clean and close your pool. Your local pool professional will close it according to the type of pool you have (liner or Gunite).
And lastly, if you’re thinking of listing your home in the spring of 2017, talk to me now about getting some exterior photos, and how you can start preparing your house for an early spring listing.